Position at River Valley: Operations Manager, and occasional river or horse trekking guide.
Raft or Horse Trekking Guide: Both
Hometown/Country: Taihape, New Zealand
Background: 3 Seasons Rafting in Colorado, USA (last season co-managing). Love Multi Day trips and can’t wait to get out on a few of ours!!!! Both Rafting and Riding. May have to wait until the children get a little older.
Favourite thing about working at River Valley: I love being able to safely push people a little out of their comfort zones (especially on the horses). The buzz they get from this at the end of an activity I think speaks for itself. I then get the buzz when these guests come back again for more!!!
Greatest work memory: There are a few, but the night out at the New Zealand Tourism Awards and winning the Small Business Award won’t fade in a hurry. Not only the winning (and the party) but the sense of achievement that all the Staff had too.
Hobbies and Interests:
Chairperson Board of Trustees, local primary school
Being a Mum
Chairman of local (Pukeokahu) Play Group
Helping to organise and ride on the Pukeokahu Horse Trek Fundraiser each year.
Years as a Guide: 14 yrs rafting, around 17 horse trekking
Years at River Valley: 34 (since I was born) and lots more to come
Extra Comments: I am really enjoying reliving my childhood through my girls. With new exciting things that are happening with River Valley and the Stables (especially the Natural Horsemanship) and Isla and Keeva growing all the time, I can only see this getting more and more exciting.